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Soon after Eisley's birthday, I was thrilled to come across a code for a free Shutterfly album. I hadn't made an album like this in more than eight years. The whole idea of it usually stresses me out—most likely because of the sheer volume of photos I take within the span of one year. How does one sort through that madness without losing their mind? But this year, I decided to finally buckle down and make an album for her 3rd birthday (keeping the whole thing sweet and simple) and see how it went! I'm still hoping to make similar albums for the day she was born, her first birthday and her second birthday.
One step (or album) at a time. Right? Right.
After the whole process ended up being quite painless (and rather fun), I decided my new goal is to make an album each year after her birthday, with just a handful of photos from the past year, updated stats, a little questionnaire that I'll have her answer, and photos from her birthday and of our family. I'm hoping I can do the same design style each year, so they will line up on the shelf all color-coordinated with matching fonts and black-and-white cover photos. (Yes, matchy-matchy things make my heart happy.) I think they'll be fun to take out and look at each August as we approach each future birthday!
I wanted to give you a small peek into this year's birthday album, because I'm so in love with how it turned out:
I chose a very clean, simple design. They had the layout set up for me, so all I had to do was pop in the photos I wanted into each layout. Very simple! (And, yes, the above drawing is of Hello Kitty. Makes me laugh every time I see it.) On the first page, I included a collage of my favorite photos from the past year, as well as some current stats (height, weight, where we live, etc.).
I liked the idea of keeping the layout mostly-photos, otherwise I knew I'd go crazy trying to caption everything perfectly. The photos are what I want to see, anyway, so I made sure to use only my favorites from the day. I hope Eisley enjoys looking at these books as she gets older…seeing what decorations we used, what we did to celebrate, and reading the list of gifts she received each year.
This is my favorite page! When making this album, I became a little obsessed with finding fun birthday questionnaires for kids. (Pinterest has a never-ending supply, if you're curious.) I ended up compiling my favorite questions from a few I liked, and this is what we came up with! I'll use the same questions every year, and want to take a similar photo (her holding the number for that particular birthday) to match, too. I'm hoping at some point her answers to the questions won't be so princess-centric, but what's a mom to do? The girl loves her fairy tales.
I ended up paying the extra dollar-something to get the clear pocket that adheres to the inside of the back cover. I thought it would be perfect to tuck in any extra-special mementos or notes from each birthday.
I have one extra code for a free 20-page 8x8 hardcover photo book (the same size as mine), so if you'd like to be entered to win, just leave a comment on this post before Sunday the 26th. (Please note that if you win, you will still need to pay S&H for the free album when you order—for me, it was $7.99. The album is worth $30, so it's still an incredible deal!) I'll choose a winner on Monday the 27th! Be sure to have an email attached to your commenting account so I can be sure to contact you if you've won.
And as a sidenote, I've received a bunch of free album codes here and there—Shutterfly seems to be doing a lot of promotions lately and I've received codes for free items on receipts from Vons, through Kellogg's Family Rewards emails, and found via blogs like Money Saving Mom. Definitely worth it to look around for promo codes, especially this time of year! I was able to make a couple free calendars last year that I used for Christmas gifts (and were a huge hit). Rather nice, if you ask me!
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